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Wildlife Tours from Johannesburg

By Viator, December 2017

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If you're visiting South Africa, you almost have to see some wild animals. Catching a glimpse of lions, leopards, water buffalo and rhinos at the zoo is one thing, but catching a glimpse of them because they're a stone’s throw away from your car is another thing entirely. From Johannesburg, there are two main opportunities to go on a safari: Kruger National Park and the Pilanesberg Nature Preserve. Both are rewarding and fascinating excursions into the African bush, guaranteed to give you an unforgettable experience.

A safari in the Kruger National Park is a three-day, two-night trip to cruise the park in an open vehicle, staying in a traditional African “boma” under a night sky unspoiled by city lights. Leaving Jo’burg, you’ll travel across the Highveld plateau and the town of Machadorp to the world-famous park, passing the Komati Gorge and its legendary healing spring. Stopping at the border of the park, you’ll disembark and then board an open-air vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Later, you’ll dine and sleep in a traditional African “boma,” under a night sky unspoiled by city lights.

The next day includes breakfast and then a scenic drive down the Panorama Route, a trail that takes you past the lush, tropical landscape of the Blyde River Canyon, the Lisbon waterfall and the famous Bourke's Luck potholes, peculiar geologic formations drilled into the canyon floor by the river. The drive finishes at the park lodge, where you can take advantage of the lodge’s pool and facilities. You’ll spend the night at the lodge and head out for one more game drive in the morning before returning to Johannesburg.

The other option is the Pilanesberg Nature Preserve. Closer to Jo’burg than the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg is a good option for travelers who want to see wild animals without spending their entire trip on a safari. With over 7,000 animals, visitors are bound to see something exciting, and spotting the “big five” occurs fairly regularly. As it is a 12-hour trip, you’ll be able to spend a day in the bush and return to your Johannesberg hotel in time to enjoy the city’s nightlife, unless of course you elect to stay at the Sun City resort, a fantastic luxury casino resort near the nature preserve. Viator offers a package that includes a trip to both Pilanesberg Nature Reserve and Sun City.

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Private Tour: Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, null
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Private Tour: Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Spend a full day game viewing in Pilanesberg National Park. You have the option of choosing between an Open Game Viewing vehicle and a closed vehicle. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.84
Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour, Johannesburg, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Come and experience the wonders of the Pilanesberg Nature reserve in an open 4x4 Safari vehicle on this 10-hour tour. Have the opportunity to view the big 5 ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.29
Magaliesburg Balloon Safari from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Magaliesburg Balloon Safari from Johannesburg

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If you’re going to do it, then do it in unassailable style. Quaff champagne as you enjoy what some describe as the closest thing to heaven known to man - the ...  Read more

Location: Magaliesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Big Five Game Drive in Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, Balloon Rides
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Full-Day Big Five Game Drive in Kruger National Park

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Maximize your chances of seeing some of Africa’s famous Big Five animals, and enjoy a full day of game drives around the incredible Kruger National Park. With ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.83
Private Tour: Kruger National Park Safari from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Private Tour: Kruger National Park Safari from Johannesburg

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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $284.53
Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Spot the "Big Five" at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve then relax at the unique Sun City resort on a packed day trip from Johannesburg. Combining two very ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $232.93
Pilanesberg Safari Tour from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Day Trips
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Pilanesberg Safari Tour from Johannesburg

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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $257.14
Rhino and Lion Safaris, Johannesburg, Day Trips
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Rhino and Lion Safaris

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is a privately owned, non-subsidized game reserve, covering approximately 1 200 ha on the Highveld of Gauteng. The reserve ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.96
Pilanesberg Safari in Open Vehicle from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Pilanesberg Safari in Open Vehicle from Johannesburg or Pretoria

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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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